Bullet Journal Hack: Make Special Days Stand Out with this Trick

It is a very special week here in our house. We have a few birthdays and special occasions, and so much to celebrate! So me being the planner that I am, I had to make these days stand out in my bullet journal. I’ll be doing a special layout with my planner decoration as well, but today I wanted to share this handy bullet journal hack with you.

This bullet journal hack will make your special days & holiday layouts pop! It's easy & gorgeous! Perfect for a dutch door layout or single pages.

Some days are just meant to shine in your bullet journal, and I’ve figured out a great way to do it! If you’ve been following along, you might know that I’m in love with my disc-bound BuJo. There are so many ways you can customize it, and one of the ways I’ve mentioned before is that you can use any paper you want. When I first said that, I was just thinking of your standard papers: lined, graph, or dot grid. But then it hit me later – what about scrapbook paper?! It was like my brain exploded with ideas! I had the perfect week to experiment with, and this is how I set it up.

Bullet Journal Hack: Making Special Days Stand Out

To get the full impact of our week of celebrations, I’m doing a dutch door layout. If you haven’t heard of that before, it’s where you basically cut down the middle pages (the dailies) of your weekly spread just a couple inches so that you have a dashboard across the top. As you turn your daily pages, you’ll always see whatever you put across the top of your full-size pages. Think of it like a sandwich – 1 full size page (the bread), a short pages for daily spreads (sandwich filling), followed by the other full size page (the other piece of bread).

Step 1 – Plan Your Papers

So the first thing I needed to do was pick out my papers. I have two days I want to highlight, so I picked out two different floral scrapbook papers. (I was also considering doing a special paper for Halloween, but decided not to at the last minute.)

Step 2 – The Bullet Journal Hack

Here’s where the bullet journal hack comes into play. The really key part in keeping these special days functional in my BuJo is this: I printed the same dot grid pattern on them so that they would work the same as any other page. To do this, I taped them to a regular piece of printer paper using some washi tape, and then ran them through the printer. I printed on both sides of the paper so that I could have a party on the front and business in the back. (It’s the backwards mullet of bullet journaling!)

This bullet journal hack will make your special days & holiday layouts pop! It's easy & gorgeous! Perfect for a dutch door layout or single pages.

When you run your scrapbook paper through the printer, make sure you get it lined up nice and straight, or your grid will look like it’s printed crooked. After printing a few pages, I found that lining the scrapbook paper against the bottom of the printer paper worked the best for me.

Step 3 – Cut & Punch

I cut the scrapbook paper the same width as my regular paper (5.5”), and I didn’t want to make it too short, so I cut it 6 inches tall. That gives me a good 2.5” across the top of the week for my dashboard. Then I punched the holes in the side and was ready to decorate!

This bullet journal hack will make your special days & holiday layouts pop! It's easy & gorgeous! Perfect for a dutch door layout or single pages.

Step 4 – Make Your Dashboard

Next, I needed to set up the boxes across the top of my week. I spread some shiny rose gold foil washi across the top of my two full size sheets. I used some quote washi to go across the top of my three short pages (front and back). Then I ran that same quote washi across the full size pages where it would line up with the top of the short pages.

The space between the washi tapes on the full sheets is my weekly dashboard. I haven’t been putting much in my week-at-a-glance pages, so I was able to fit that across the top of one page. It doesn’t look there is a lot of room there, but it’s really all I need. Then on the other page I added a box for weekly goals and one for a menu. I love that every day I can see my weekly goals and meal ideas.

I have seen some people put their weekly view across both pages. Find what works best for you.

Step 5 – Daily Layouts

Now it’s time to make the daily pages. I put Monday on the first page of the week under my week-at-a-glance. Tuesday was the first short-page day, and I used one of the flower prints. Wednesday is on the back of that. Thursday is the second floral print paper, with Friday on the back. Saturday is the third sheet of short paper, with Sunday on the back, and I used a regular white paper for those days. Then there’s the last full-size paper to end the week. I put a space for notes under my goals and menu.

This bullet journal hack will make your special days & holiday layouts pop! It's easy & gorgeous! Perfect for a dutch door layout or single pages.

By the way, one of the benefits of using the disc-bound notebook is that I was able to take all of these pages out to work on them, and then put them back in when I was all done. It is absolutely possible to do a similar layout in a bound notebook.

Other options

It’s not necessary at all to do the dutch door layout in order to use scrapbook paper in your bullet journal. If you just want a pretty page here and there, print your grid on the paper, and just leave it the same size as your other pages. I personally couldn’t resist it, and it’s probably the prettiest bullet journal layout I’ve done. I’m calling this a bullet journal hack success!

This bullet journal hack will make your special days & holiday layouts pop! It's easy & gorgeous! Perfect for a dutch door layout or single pages.

If you don’t have a disc-bound bullet journal, you can still do this. Again, just print your grid on the scrapbook paper and attach it to a page in your regular notebook. I highly recommend a double-sided tape, as some glue sticks will release the paper if it gets bent too many times. Then just trim down the scrapbook paper to match the edges of your journal.

This isn’t just for birthdays, either. Throw in some holiday themed paper for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, etc. I see no reason why your BuJo can’t be in the holiday spirit, too! Just make sure that whatever paper you pick out can still be functional. A dark blue paper might be really pretty, but will you be able so see your writing on it?

Also, this does take a little more time to do than a regular layout. You’ll spend some time printing and cutting your papers, then adding your daily headers to them. All in all, I think it took me about 1 nap time. I was just putting the final touches on it when my girls woke up. I might not do this layout every week, but it’s nice that my whole week is done and ready to go.

So what do you think of my bullet journal hack? Will you be giving it a try? Tell me below in the comments! And if you’re new to bullet journaling, make sure you check out my beginner’s guide here!

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  1. I love my bullet journal. I use washi tape to make my special. I’ve never considered adding scrapbook paper to mine. It is a really neat idea, though.

    • I am all about the washi tape! I just thought that some days needed a little extra something, and I have a ton of scrapbook paper from decorating my planner. 🙂

  2. Great hack! I love bullet journaling!

  3. Wow that is certainly taking journaling to a new level. So fancy!
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  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!! I am so into bullet journaling right now! I need this in my life! Thanks for sharing girl!

  5. These turned out so cute! I love the idea of making special days look different!
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  6. I love this idea! Such a way to highlight key events and add a visual stimulation as soon as you see the peekaboo pages. Thanks for the idea!

  7. This is great! I love your tips. 🙂 I was active with my bullet journal for 4 months and it just takes so long to set it up that I haven’t had time to do it this month. It is kind of driving me crazy. I feel lost. I need to set aside time to put it together. I’ll try some of your tricks! Thanks!
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    • It can be pretty time-consuming depending on how you do your layouts. This one took a while to do, but I was so happy to have my whole week done already ahead of time. I hope you can get back to yours soon – I know that lost feeling! 🙂

  8. This is so cute! I’m definitely not creative when it comes to my bullet journal, it’s pretty plain jane in the grand scheme of things, but maybe I should try and be more crafty 🙂 love this!

    • Thanks, Vanessa! The great thing about adding the scrapbook paper is that you can still keep your layouts and everything else plain and simple, but it will still look super fancy!

  9. Love the creativity of this! It makes something like planning so much more exciting!

    • Thank you, Jen! All the planner stuff and bullet journaling is really bringing out my creativity, and it’s making me so happy!

  10. I read your beginners guide to bullet journaling and decided to start doing it.
    I love that you just posted this.

  11. That is so cute! I haven’t tried bullet journaling yet, but I’m thinking of picking one up for my next novel project. I just read about how to organize a novel notebook for optimal success and it sounds like it would pair perfectly with the bullet journalling techniques I’ve learned here! I’m so excited to try when I get back home 🙂

    • Thank you, Meg! And that sounds so great to combine the two things! Good luck! I can’t wait to hear how that works out for you. 🙂

  12. Wow! You are so creative and this is so pretty! I’m just over here trying to remember to enter my doctor’s appointments into Google calendar, lol 🙂
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